The sky looked so dark yet felt so alive,
I was waiting for the days that just didn't yet arrive.
The clock ticked and hours went by,
Until I felt worthless to even try.
I closed my eyes hard and just hoped,
But still couldn't hear the birds that once chirped.
Once this world was filled with laughter,
Now it felt like happiness had denied to enter.
I just knew days like those would come once again,
Maybe it's just taking its ride on a delayed train.
Simmone Nadeem is a ninth grader at Nixor O Levels School in Karachi, Pakistan.